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The Taming of Lola: A Shrew Story Hardcover – March 1, 2010

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810940663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810940666
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 9.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,315,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—Described as "a picture book in five acts," this energetic tale centers on a young shrew famous for her temper tantrums. Her family has given up trying to reason with her and simply acquiesces to her demands. Then her equally belligerent cousin Lester comes to visit. After arguing each other into exhaustion, Lola suggests that they would both benefit from being conciliatory. And so they begin to share, and to form a lifelong friendship. In a framing story, an elderly Lola tells the tale to her granddaughter, showing that, though she may have been "tamed" by the experience, she has lost none of her prickliness. "Screaming is relaxing," she tells the young shrew in one inset. "You should try it sometime." Smath's busy watercolor cartoons teem with funny characters and expressions, and match Lola's big personality. The message is clear: although Lola learns how to compromise, she can still embrace her essential nature. Everyone knows a Lola.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
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From Booklist

Quarrels can provide fun drama, and in this hilarious picture book about a shrew family, grumpy Granny Lola tells a story about when she was little that is far from a tale of youthful innocence. According to Granny’s yarn, when she behaved badly as a child, she got everything that she wanted. Little Lola is tiny, but she has a huge temper, and the ink-and-watercolor pictures show her in frilly skirts acting with such stubbornness and bad temper that everyone just lets her have her way. Then her cousin Lester comes to stay, and he is worse than she is. The cousins yell at each other, nose to nose: “I’m in charge!” “Says who?” “Well I don’t care if you care!” The fighting only stops when they both fall asleep exhausted (“Screaming is relaxing. You should try it some time”). The final wry twist brings a satisfying surprise. Adults will get the Shakespeare reference, but for kids, the children’s triumph over the powerful grown-ups is the best part of the story. A great read-aloud. Preschool-Grade 3. --Hazel Rochman

More About the Author

Ellen Weiss has written lots and lots of books for kids, from board books to chapter books to middle-grade novels, fiction and nonfiction, silly and serious. They have won many awards, and have been adapted into a Disney TV movie and a BBC radio play. Two of them, THE TAMING OF LOLA and PORKY AND BESS, were named Bank Street Best Books of 2010. She loves to collaborate, and she often writes with her husband, Mel Friedman. She also loves to rescue stray dogs, but she had to stop when the aforementioned Mel Friedman told her he would divorce her if she brought home one more filthy, un-housebroken, weird mutt.

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By Jennifer H on January 28, 2013
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My 3 yo and 5 yo love Lola. It's fun to read and has a nice lesson about screaming and fighting. My kiddos easily got the point of the book without me prodding. It's not the shortest read-aloud book but it's not so long that Mommy feels like skipping pages ;). We really enjoy it and read it frequently!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt on January 5, 2012
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This book is a cute little story about an obnoxious little girl getting a taste of her own medicine. I was very happy with the book itself. It is well illustrated and written. But given that it was purchased as a gift and came with a huge rip across the cover i was NOT happy with my purchase. :-(
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